You may already know that Mont-Tremblant is one of the best places for skiing in the whole of Canada. However, what type of skiing do you want to do? You may have tried downhill skiing before, but have you ever tried out cross-country skiing? If not, you will be able to try this out for yourself when you stay in Mont-Tremblant on your vacation, and here is a guide to the activity.
What Is Cross-Country Skiing?
If you only have experience of downhill skiing, you may be unsure what to expect with cross-country skiing. The two are very different, and whereas downhill skiing involves racing down the slopes, cross-country skiing is more about exploring trails.
Downhill skis are designed for speed. They are generally wider, whereas cross-country skis are usually lighter and narrower, especially for groomed trails. When you go cross-country skiing, you will not just be going down but also along tracks and uphill. For that reason, the boot is only attached at the toe so that the heel can be used to help when going uphill.
Learn an Exciting New Skill
Cross-country skiing is a great way to enjoy a fun experience while keeping fit. It’s hard work and it is excellent for your overall strength, so make sure you are in good shape.
There are two styles of skiing: classic and skate. These both used different techniques that you will learn about when you go skiing with a guide. In general, the classic style is used on groomed tracks and skate is used on wider tracks. Both can take a little while to get the hang of, but if you take some lessons that will help and your guide will teach you all the basic techniques you will need to get started.
Where to Go Skiing
When you start looking for Tremblant rentals for your vacation, it does not really matter where you stay because you will never have to travel too far to go cross-country skiing. One of the top places to arrange to go skiing with a guide is Ski De Fond Mont-Tremblant.
Here you will find over 90 km of groomed trails to choose from, which are spread over forests, lakes, and rivers. You may also see animals and birds as you go, including white-tailed deer. Trails range from easy to very difficult, and there are many to choose from. You can see the trails map here.
Alternatively, once you know what you are doing you can go off on your own in Parc National Mont Tremblant. Just rent your equipment and you will find over 50 km of trails to explore, all of which are mechanically groomed. You can even find a number of warming huts where you can stop off along the way.
Book Your Cross-Country Skiing Adventure
Cross-country skiing is one of the most exciting activities available when you book a vacation in Mont-Tremblant, so consider giving it a go yourself. It’s very different from downhill skiing, but you’ll soon get the hang of it and then you can enjoy exploring the stunning area on your skis.
Linda Hill is a frequent traveller and avid writer. She hopes her posts will inspire others to get out there and see the world. Look for her articles on many of today’s websites and blogs.